Marvel Comics has announced Captain America Tribute #1. The upcoming book is set to celebrate Captain America’s 80th birthday in style. The giant sized special issue will be arriving in early 2021, with a massive stable of artists being brought in for the occasion.
The book will feature a large selection of Marvel’s best artists redrawing and modernizing Captain America’s first appearance in Captain America Comics #1. The landmark issue was originally published in March 1941. The character was created by the legendary Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The rest, as they say, is history.
Captain America Tribute #1 will also look at his genre-defining reintroduction to the Marvel Universe, which came in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Avengers #4. Marvel released a description of the book as well, which reads as follows.
“See the Star-Spangled Avenger’s extraordinary origin, his first battle against the Red Skull, and his Silver Age debut where he emerges from suspended animation to live on as a Star-Spangled Avenger like never before as your favorite artists reimagine these classic tales for a new age. These definitive comic book stories will be presented in an all-new way in a star-studded special that will delight long-time True Believers and the current generation of Marvel fans!”
Marvel has assembled a truly massive list of artists for the job. It includes John Cassaday, Marguerite Sauvage, David Lapham, Declan Shalvey, Perf Pérez, Salvador Larroca, Leinil Francis Yu, Valerio Schiti, Carlos Pacheco, Inhyuk Lee, Kei Zama, Sara Pichelli, Jesús Saiz, Kim Jacinto, Adam Kubert, Federico Vicentini, Mahmud Asrar, Jim Cheung, Terry Dodson, Joe Bennett, Alex Ross, Steve Epting, Adam Hughes, Stephanie Hans, Javier Garrón, Alitha E. Martinez, Elena Casagrande, Paco Medina, Daniel Acuña, Chris Samnee, Butch Guice, Rachael Stott, Pepe Larraz, Greg Smallwood, Greg Land, Ray-Anthony Height, Mark Bagley, and Marvel’s Stormbreakers including Peach Momoko, Juann Cabal, Carmen Carnero, R.B. Silva, Joshua Cassara, Natacha Bustos, Iban Coello, and Patrick Gleason. Yes, all of them.
Some of the initial artwork from the book has already been released by Marvel. Many different styles are on display even in just these few pieces. Alex Ross’ incomparable style, in particular, is striking. The cover art was done by Steve McNiven. Have a look.
“We packed this book full of top-flight artistic talent, all paying tribute to the King,” Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort says. “So while you can just read these as stories, readers are definitely going to want to savor the experience, and see how each artist stacks up to the original work done by Jack Kirby.”
Captain America Tribute #1 hits stands in March.